Summer Travel – Going Green

Posted on Jun 1 2014 - 1:49am by Susan Bewley

Disclosure: This is a guest post provided by Peter Friis, CEO, Essio Shower Aromatherapy. All opinion are his own may differ from those of Budget Earth or our readers.

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In those precious vacation weeks, we want to make the most of every moment. And, in the process, traveling greener keeps your carbon footprint light, and also opens up unexpected new pleasures en route.

For instance, when planning your excursion, do a little extra research. Choose a hotel with a bike-share program nearby so you and your family can explore the local area on two wheels instead of four. Also choose your route and lodging based on locavore dining. Eating food which is grown locally is a great way to learn about and appreciate places that you travel. And, explore and support local small businesses versus huge mega-chains whenever possible—thriving local economies are more able and likely to protect their natural resources. And of course, conserve resources by turning off the A/C when you leave the room and letting the hotel know that you don’t need fresh sheets and towels every day.

And, pack less. Period. Fewer, lighter bags generally compute to a greener vacation. For instance, don’t bring your electric toothbrush. They are great for dental health, but for the length of your vacation, an old-school manual brush is fine, and requires less energy.


1-Dry shampoo. Convenient when hiking, camping, travelling by train, and anywhere else you don’t have a shower. Mists in, sops up dirt and oil, combs out. PSSST brand was the original, and remains one of the most affordable.

2-Reusable tote bags made of organic cotton. The best are from .Green Bag Lady is an eco-friendly art project started in 2008. Teresa and her team of volunteer “Bagettes” make fabric bags out of donated material and give them away for FREE in exchange for a promise to use them instead of paper or plastic. To date, they have given away over 27,000 bags all over the world. People use between 100 billion and a trillion single-use plastic bags annually around the world.

3-Shower like you mean it—make every shower count, with ESSIO’s unique patented aromatherapy diffuser that just clips onto the shower pipe. Six deliriously organic blends of botanical essential oils do a body (and soul) good.

4-Potable water—good.  Zillions of non-biodegradable plastic water bottles—very, very bad. Stay hydrated when you travel, but eschew disposable water bottles. Recycling these does not solve the problem. The green option is vacuum steel water bottle like the rad Kleen Kanteen thermos.

5-Simply can’t cut the cord with your personal electronics? Pack a USB cord and use the power of the sun to fire up your Premium Solar Charger XTG.


And – use everything up, to the last teeny bit. Less waste means more green. For example a Bulldog-type clamp clip will get every last squeeze of toothpaste out of your tube.


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Susan Bewley is a professional writer who has been writing content online & in print format for over 10 years. As well, she is an alumni of the University of Louisville with a Masters Degree in Special Education. When not working as an online business consultant or ghost writing, she can be found writing on Budget Earth, on her own novel, or working with various entities in the pet industry.

9 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Terri S June 1, 2014 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Great post. Thank you for sharing some great tips.

  2. Shannon June 13, 2014 at 2:41 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing all of these green ideas. Green for everyday too with a lot of the tips!

  3. April July 16, 2014 at 3:20 am - Reply

    Going green when traveling should be practiced by many people. It’s simple and yes you are right that you can travel light and be comfortable in almost everything in traveling. I hope to travel soon and go green. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Linda Manns Linneman March 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    These are some great tips for traveling greener. I will definitely use some of these suggestions. Thank you for sharing

  5. john hutchens April 6, 2015 at 12:49 am - Reply

    awesome tip for eco minded travel. thanks for sharing, I will be using some of your tips on my next trip.

  6. lisa June 8, 2015 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Those are good tips. We have done that for years. Even at home we try to reuse and recycle on a daily basis.

  7. Renee Walters October 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    These are great tips! Thanks! It will come in handy while planning my next trip!

  8. Faith May 13, 2017 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Good advice. Thanks for the tips 😉

  9. Michelle Elizondo September 16, 2017 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    Yes solar packs and reusable totes.

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